Difficult or Dangerous to Play Albums
on 08 May 2017
For eight years now, music label Auris Apothecary has released albums that are difficult—and even dangerous—to play as a commentary on the ease of access digital technology provides. Some are more manageable, like a (sold-out) tape by the band Unholy Triforce which came in kit form that required assembling. Others produced by label founder Dante Augustus Scarlatti are absurdist and impossible—for example an Elmer's "glue record" imprint of another record. Scarlatti explains to Noisey that they do want consumers to figure out how to make the "anti-releases" work, but more importantly, he's sending a message about the obstacles he believes should stand between listeners and the music they want.